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Forum topic by treesner posted 06-14-2016 02:15 AM 625 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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treesner

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06-14-2016 02:15 AM

Has anyone seen any makita cordless track saws at the trade shows? This is a tool i’d like to have after going battery powered circular saw, i don’t want to go back to chords!

I saw a tradewshow video of festools but i’m not sure I want to spend that kind of money for a tool I use to split up ply before moving to the table saw


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devann

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#1 posted 06-14-2016 02:49 AM

Cordless circular saws don’t do a very good job of cutting plywood. It glues in the plywood quickly zap the power from the batteries. Also check the size of the blade. The larger the blade the faster the battery dies. The trade off is smaller blades that aren’t cheap or compatible with other tools in your inventory.

Out of all of the different battery powered tools I’ve owned I find the cordless circular saws Ive owned to be more of a novelty than something truly useful.

How many feet of 3/4” plywood does your cordless saw cut with a fresh battery?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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treesner

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#2 posted 06-14-2016 03:37 PM


Cordless circular saws don t do a very good job of cutting plywood. It glues in the plywood quickly zap the power from the batteries. Also check the size of the blade. The larger the blade the faster the battery dies. The trade off is smaller blades that aren t cheap or compatible with other tools in your inventory.

Out of all of the different battery powered tools I ve owned I find the cordless circular saws Ive owned to be more of a novelty than something truly useful.

How many feet of 3/4” plywood does your cordless saw cut with a fresh battery?

- devann

I currently have the miluakee cordless 12v small blade and it works fine. it’s quiet and easy to grab and go cut plywood out in the yard.

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#3 posted 06-14-2016 03:42 PM

I’ve had the same experience as devann. Battery powered cicular saws are a wast of money.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 06-14-2016 03:53 PM

I would disagree with cordless saws being a waste of money; maybe you got a cheap one. I use my makita to break down sheets and a variety of other tasks that would take more effort out to get the corded. I think I have only used my corded one or two times since I got it three years ago. Sure the cordless doesn’t have quite as much power, but it is more likely to stop if you bind versus causing kickback. As far as a dedicated track saw, if you use a vacuum, you already have something hooked up so an extra cord isn’t too big of a deal, so corded might be a better choice.

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treesner

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#5 posted 06-15-2016 12:08 AM



I would disagree with cordless saws being a waste of money; maybe you got a cheap one. I use my makita to break down sheets and a variety of other tasks that would take more effort out to get the corded. I think I have only used my corded one or two times since I got it three years ago. Sure the cordless doesn t have quite as much power, but it is more likely to stop if you bind versus causing kickback. As far as a dedicated track saw, if you use a vacuum, you already have something hooked up so an extra cord isn t too big of a deal, so corded might be a better choice.

I mainly want it for the track and plunge ability.
I made a guide for mine but it’s annoying to clamp down, maybe i just need to find some sticky material for the underside
- rockindavan


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#6 posted 06-15-2016 07:57 PM

One of the points I was making regarding a cordless circular saw is the blade size has a direct correlation to the length of the cut made before the battery is exhausted.

The first one I owned had a 5 3/8” blade. It was a 12 volt saw (18 volt cordless hadn’t come to market yet). With a new, fully charged battery it wold cut 12-14 feet of 1/2” plywood before the battery gave out. On the other hand I could crosscut 30-40 2×4s under the same conditions.

The second saw I had used a 7 1/4” blade, with an 18 volt battery. A new fully charged battery would only cut around 7 feet of 1/2” plywood before the battery died. It would rip approximately 10 feet of smooth cedar 1×4.

Both saws used NiCad batteries, lithium batteries were not available when I purchased ether saw. I am aware that a lithium battery saw will probably offer a longer battery life under the same conditions.

I currently have the miluakee cordless 12v small blade and it works fine. it’s quiet and easy to grab and go cut plywood out in the yard.” treesner.

What size plywood are you cutting, & what size blade are you using? How many feet can the Milwaukee cordless cut before the battery gives out?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#7 posted 06-16-2016 10:07 PM

I have the both the Milwaukee M18 6.5 regular and the Fuel. The regular one did quite a bit, but I never measured it. The Fuel on the other hand with a 4 amp hour battery did about 100 feet of poplar (I was ripping and crosscutting 30” shelves I salvaged for the project.)and another 30 feet of 1/2” of plywood. I was still cutting with 1 bar on the battery. I currently have it on a True Trac saw guide. Which is depth limited due to the 6.5” blade. I am thinking of the 7.5 one, but would like better dust collection. To that end for the same cost I can buy the new corded Skilsaw for Cement Board. Dan

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#8 posted 06-16-2016 10:20 PM

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